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Title: Supporting Canadian Caregivers: Current and Future Policy Directions
Authors: Drummond, Sarah Lauren
Advisor: Nedelsky, Jennifer
Department: Law
Keywords: Law
Informal Caregiving
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2010
Abstract: This thesis examines current Canadian social policies aimed at ameliorating the position of informal caregivers of terminally ill and elderly care recipients. Using an ethics of care theoretical approach, the thesis critically evaluates federal and provincial income tax regimes aimed at increasing the financial security of caregivers, and also looks at the shortcomings of the Compassionate Care Benefit offered through the federal Employment Insurance Act. The evaluation reveals that the benefit has a very low up-take compared with initial estimates, and offers some explanations for its low use. A review of the caregiver policies in three European countries provide additional background for the final chapter of the thesis, which offers concrete and incremental solutions to the problems with the current social policies in place. The aim of this thesis is not to suggest sweeping reforms, but to offer affordable, practical, and politically feasible solutions that can begin to make a difference in the lives of caregivers.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25557
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